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Department of Music Studies



Aesthetics of Music

Tel.:0030 210 7277479

Room: 923

Floor: 9th

Contact: Wednesday, 11.00-12.00




PhD in musicology, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (1999, with honours); Magister Artium in symphonic orchestra & opera conducting, State Conservatorium “Rimsky-Korsakov” of St. Petersburg, Russia (1993, with honours); classical guitar diploma, Athens National Conservatory (1986, with honours)


Academic Career

Member of the academic staff of the Music Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens since 2001 (Lecturer 2001-2005; Assistant Professor, 2005-2011; Associate Professor, 2011-2015; Professor, 2015-). Member of the scientific board of the journals Mousikologia, Axiologika and Signum (of the National Technical University of Athens); member of the board of Sakis Karagiorgas Foundation; founding member and member of the first board of the Hellenic Musicological Society; member of the Internationale Helmuth Plessner Gesellschaft; collaborator of the Greek State Scholarship Foundation and the musical encyclopedia Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG). More than fifty conference participations in Greece and abroad. 

Research interests

Aesthetics of music, general aesthetics and philosophy, Greek art and popular music. Emphasis on issues of value and normativity, critical theory, philosophical anthropology.



  • The Musical Good. Theories of Artistic Value, Athens 2020
  • Greek Music. Issues of Ideological and Institutional Critique, Athens 2013 (in Greek)
  • Music in Modern Philosophy. From Kant to Adorno, Athens 2012 (in Greek)
  • Elements and Environments of Music. A Philosophical Introduction to Musicology, Athens 2012 (in Greek)
  • Nationalism and Populism in Greek Music. Political Aspects of a Cultural Divergence, Athens 2011 (in Greek)
  • Basic Methods of Orchestration, Athens 2006 (in Greek)
  • Will and Sound. The Metaphysics of Music in the Philosophy of Schopenhauer, Athens 2004 (in Greek)
  • E. Hanslick, Vom musikalisch-Schönen, transl. & postscript by M. Tsetsos, Athens 2003 (in Greek)
  • Hegel, Ästhetik der Musik, transl. & postscript by M. Tsetsos, Athens 2002 (in Greek)
  • R. Wagner, Beethoven, edited and introduced by Μ. Tsetsos, translated by I. Foulias, Athens 2013 (in Greek)
  • M. Tsetsos & I. Foulias (eds.), W. A. Mozart. Fifteen Approaches, Athens 2008 (in Greek)
  • Helmuth Plessner, Sensuousness and Mind. A Contribution to the Philosophy of Music, introduced, translated, and annotated by M. Tsetsos, Hestia Publ., Athens 2021


Representative Publications (for a full list of publications click here)

  • “Hegel, Plessner, and the dispositional reality of musical movement”, Musik & Ästhetik 110 (2024), p. 38-56
  • “Ideology, Humanness, and Value. On Adorno's Stravinsky”, Muzikologija/Musicology 34 (2023), 95-107
  • “Nature-Conditioned Non-Nature. Helmuth Plessner's Contribution to an Integrated Conception of Music”, Archiv für Musikwissenschaft 78/3 (2021), 162-180
  • “Die Kunst des tönenden Verhaltens. Helmuth Plessners Beitrag zur Musikästhetik und Musikanthropologie”, International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music 51/2 (2020), 145-164
  • “Irrationalität und Sinnenfeindschaft. Zur faustischen Musikphilosophie Oswald Spenglers”, in M. Perrakis (ed.), Musik und Lebensphilosophie (Studien zur Wertungsforschung, vol. 64), Vienna / London / New York 2020, 81-103
  • “Music of a Life Constitutively Homeless, or the Return of Ulysses. Helmuth Plessner unriddles Nikos Skalkottas”, in M. Perrakis (ed.), Music as aesthetic idea of life (Studien zur Wertongsforschung, vol. 61), Vienna / London / New York 2019, 143-165
  • “Ästhetische Schriften zur Musik und modernen Malerei”, in J. Fischer (ed.), Plessner-Handbuch. Leben – Werk – Wirkung, Stuttgart 2021
  • “Normative Aesthetics without Values (?) Aporias of Theory in Adorno”, Axiologika 29 (2015), 9-35 (in Greek)
  • “Music and Human Nature in Rousseau. Solving the Antinomies”, in R. Azizoglu & G. Faraklas (eds.), Democracy in Exile. A Guide to Rousseau’s Thought 300 Years after his Death, Athens 2013, 371-396 (in Greek)
  • “Beethoven and the Birth of Wagnerian Drama from the Spirit of Symphonic Music”, editor’s introduction in R. Wagner, Beethoven, transl. by I. Foulias, Athens 2013, 11-49 (in Greek)
  • “Arnold Schoenberg and the Problem of Value in Music”, in: In memoriam G. Amargianakis, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Music Studies, Athens 2013, 245-260 (in Greek)
  • “The Specificity of Musical Meaning in Helmuth Plessner’s Philosophical Anthropology of the Senses”, in E. Cambouropoulos, C. Tsougras, P. Mavromatis, K. Pastiadis (eds.), Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition and the 8th Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, Thessaloniki 2012, 1025-1032
  • “Postmodern Musicology and the Subjectivity of Value”, in Martha Grabocz & Makis Solomos (eds.), New Musicology. Perspectives critiques, Filigrane. Musique, esthétique, sciences, société 11 (2010), 141-163
  • “Zur Hegelschen Kritik einer ethisch-politischen Wirkung der Musik“, in A. Arndt, P. Cruysberghs, A. Przylebski (eds.), Hegels politische Philosophie. Zweiter Teil. Hegel Jahrbuch 2009, Berlin 2009, 104-107
  • “Critical Axiology and Aesthetic Theory. Some Issues” in M. Angelidis, S. Dimitriou, A. Lavranou (eds.), Theory, Values, Critique. Hommage a C. Psychopedis, Athens 2008, 539-555 (in Greek)
  • “Zum Lebensbegriff in der Ästhetik Hegels”, in A. Arndt, P. Cruysberghs, A. Przylebski (eds.), Das Leben denken. Zweiter Teil. Hegel Jahrbuch 2007, Berlin 2007, 18-22
  • “Aesthetic Values. Issues of Theory in H. Rickert and M. Scheler” Axiologika 15 (2006), 165-180 (in Greek)
  • “Glauben und Wissen in der Musik der Neuzeit“, in Α. Arndt, K. Bal, H. Ottmann (eds.), Glauben und Wissen. Zweiter Teil. Hegel Jahrbuch 2004, Berlin 2004, 31-36
  • “Bruno Walter, the Romantic Idealist”, postscript in B. Walter, On Music, transl. by M. Antonopoulou & F. Panagiotopoulou, Athens 2004, 301-328 (in Greek)
  • “Eduard Hanslick and the Values of Music Criticism”, postscript in E. Hanslick, Vom musikalisch-Schönen, transl. in Greek by. M. Tsetsos, Athens 2003, 139-194 (in Greek)


Artistic Activity

As a guitarist, awards in international and national competitions (Milan, 1981; Athens, 1984; Athens, 1985); sound recordings of LP discs (works by D. Fampas, 1981, M. Theodorakis, 1985) and CDs (guitar concertos by Vivaldi, Villa-Lobos and M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Chamber Orchestra of St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Vladimir Altshuler, cond., 1994; violin & guitar duos by Paganini, 1997). As a conductor, collaborations with major Greek orchestras, such as: Athens State Orchestra, ERT National Symphony Orchestra, Athens Camerata (Armonia Atenea), Chamber Orchestra of the National Opera, Orchestra of Patras, Orchestra of the National Opera Studio, Orchestra of the Conservatories.